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FBI says examiners overstated forensic hair matches in criminal trials

The cases include those of 32 defendants sentenced to death. Of those, 14 have been executed or died in prison.

Reagan shooter finds rejection, indifference in future home

John Hinckley Jr. lives much of the year like any average Joe: shopping, eating out, watching movies.

Five years after oil rig disaster, empty graves, full hearts for Gulf survivors

The shockwaves of April 20, 2010, continue to send out ripples across the gulf of time.

GOP’s 2016 hopefuls are courting home-schoolers

Four likely Republican presidential candidates found themselves making their case to an audience of about 400 home-schoolers.

Believe it or not, bipartisanship breaks out on Capitol Hill

Republicans and Democrats have come together to make deals, and that’s something rarely seen lately.

Ohio officer praised for restraint, refused to shoot suspect

‘‘I wanted to be absolutely sure before I used deadly force,” said New Richmond officer Jesse Kidder.

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Ohio man pleads not guilty to plotting military base attack

A 23-year-old Columbus man man pleaded not guilty Friday to charges he traveled to Syria and trained alongside terrorists, then returned to the United States with plans to attack a military base or a prison.

Timothy McVeigh viewed Okla. blast as failure, papers show

McVeigh also viewed himself as a “Paul Revere-type messenger,” according to the archive.

Ohio settles civil rights groups’ lawsuit over early voting

The agreement maintains elimination of the so-called ‘‘golden week’’ in which individuals could both register and vote.

5 years later, problems linger from BP oil spill

The Gulf of Mexico looks clean, green, and whole again, teeming with life, but federal data and numerous scientific studies show issues.

Obama praises bipartisan moves on trade, Iran

The president did go on to lacerate Republican senators for holding up his nominee for attorney general for months.

Conversion rate lags behind Mormon missionary increase

A record number of young Mormons signed up for missions after church leaders lowered the minimum age in 2012.

Hamptons town limits aircraft noise amid growing complaints

The town received 24,591 complaints about airport-related noise last year.

The globe’s record heat keeps on broiling into this year

The first three months of 2015 have set new high temperature marks.

Appeals panel to rule on immigration orders

A federal district court judge in February ordered an indefinite halt to the president’s plan, which would shield up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.

Large measles outbreak traced to Disneyland is declared over

Epidemiologists for months raced to contain the highly contagious disease, which surfaced in December.

Chicago schools chief takes temporary leave amid probe

The federal investigation is into a $20.5 million no-bid contract the district awarded to a training academy where the chief once worked.

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Chicago Cardinal Francis George dies at 78

One of the most intellectually gifted senior US prelate of his generation, George was once dubbed the “American Ratzinger.”

Five dead in shooting in Phoenix house

The deaths came after a shooting in a suspected dispute about the family’s business, police said.

Judges might dismiss climate change challenge

A panel of federal judges appeared inclined to dismiss the first legal challenge to the president’s most far-reaching regulation to slow climate change.

Many teens drop out of school to aid families

For some low-income high school students, the decision to end their education is purely economic.

Use of e-cigarettes rising sharply among teenagers

The share of high school students who use e-cigarettes stands at 13 percent — more than those who smoke traditional cigarettes.

N.Y. proposal would shift drug strategy to treatment

The drug strategy office would coordinate answers to a problem that sometimes seems to pit one set of government objectives against another, supporters say.

Death penalty not option in police case, S.C. prosecutor says

Under state law, capital punishment can be sought only in a killing with aggravated circumstances, including robbery and kidnapping.

Deal reached on fast-track authority for Obama on trade pact

The deal starts a rare battle that aligns the president with Republicans against a broad coalition of Democrats.

House passes bill to repeal estate tax

The move is politically volatile but would affect few inheritances.

Security gap cited after D.C. stunt

Key lawmakers raised alarms about security risks after a postal carrier steered his gyrocopter to the lawn of the Capitol.

Plan for Bible as Tennessee state book shelved

The plan was effectively killed after the GOP-controlled Senate sent the measure back to a committee.

Suspect in N.C. shooting says he’s a neo-Nazi

The man charged with killing a print shop employee at a N.C. community college says he’s a neo-Nazi who hates gay people.

Outside look at police shooting sought in Tulsa

The move comes after a 73-year-old volunteer officer said he accidentally shot a suspect to death while the man was being held down.

Births often spaced too close, experts say

Experts say mothers should wait at least 18 months to give their bodies time to recover and increase the chances the next child is healthy.

In Time, Clinton lauds Warren’s efforts at ‘taming’ Wall Street

Elizabeth Warren, named one of the “100 Most Influential People,” was hailed as a “progressive champion” by Hillary Clinton.

Small copter avoids detection, reaches Capitol

The man behind the flight identified himself publicly as a supporter of campaign finance reform.

Tennessee House votes to make Bible official state book

The chamber approved the measure 55-38 on Wednesday.

Vassar ruling highlights sex-assault reporting questions

Schools trying to balance the rights of victims and the accused are increasingly hiring lawyers to investigate sexual assault allegations.

Low-lying dams drown hundreds of unsuspecting victims

Now a spike in deaths is inciting a debate about whether the dams should be ripped out.

Aaron Schock donor sues, seeks reimbursement

The former congressman resigned last month amid questions about his spending.

Rogue ex-drug officer admits ‘thousands’ of crimes, lies

‘‘We were getting the drugs, the guns, the money [off the street],’’ said Walker, a 24-year police veteran.

Audit finds wide mismanagement at Philadelphia VA

Among the issues cited: untimely responses to more than 31,000 veterans inquiries, and millions of dollars in duplicate benefit payments.

$115,000 reward offered in unsolved ’08 Times Square bombing

Several persons of interest have been identified and are being pursued in the unsolved 2008 bombing.

Man says he heard gunshots in South Carolina police shooting

The man told investigators that he heard the crackle of electricity from a Taser and a series of gunshots.

Pentagon to exhume, identify remains at Pearl Harbor

The Pentagon will return any identified remains to families that want them.

Islamic State fighters seize 3 villages in western Iraq

Militants on Wednesday launched an offensive in western Anbar province, and they may be aiming to capture the provincial capital, Ramadi.

Students asked about writing to Mumia Abu-Jamal

A suspended N.J. teacher said her third-grade class asked about writing “get well” letters to a sick inmate convicted of killing a police officer.

Japan scrambling warplanes as often as during Cold War era

Japan’s government said Wednesday that the number of scrambles by the country’s warplanes has surged in recent years.

Detroit hit man says he, not teen, responsible for 4 deaths

An imprisoned hit man has signed a chilling affidavit taking responsibility for four murders at a Detroit drug house.

College shooting suspect waives extradition back to N.C.

Kenneth Morgan Stancil III was arrested early Tuesday in Daytona Beach, Fla., where he was found sleeping on the beach.

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